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Presentations and Workshops

Inspirational and informative presentations focus on fashion, flowers, and beauty. Presentations are held in Lubar Auditorium or the Northwestern Mutual Room.


Special Events


Afternoon Tea Service (SOLD OUT)

Thursday, Friday, Sunday, 4 p.m.

Northwestern Mutual Room | Additional cost; reservations required

Enjoy a respite from the bustle of Art in Bloom with tea and treats, and create a treasured memory for you and yours. This afternoon tea includes fresh sandwiches, scones, and pastries.

$55/$50 Member


Farm-to-Table Dinner (SOLD OUT)

Thursday, April 11, 6–8 p.m.

Café Calatrava | Additional cost; reservations required

Dine on a range of fresh, locally sourced courses, inspired by the start of spring and the bounty of regional growers. Jamie Nelson, Milwaukee Art Museum’s Executive Chef, will lead a conversation with local producers, growers, and foragers around the ingredients that are included in the meal.

$85/$75 Member


Beauty in Bloom: A Floral Fashion Show (SOLD OUT)

Saturday, April 13, 7 p.m.

Windhover Hall | Separate cost; tickets required

Don’t miss the couture-inspired gowns and accessories created entirely out of blooms by local artisans.

Live blooms will make their way down the runway, as local artists and florists reveal the fashion designs they created entirely out of flowers. Also enjoy complimentary valet parking, hors d’oeuvres, and a cash bar during this premier fashion event.

Emcee: Elizabeth Kay

VIP seating: $90/$80 Member

Standing room: $50/$40 Member


Beauty in Bloom Schedule


Thursday, April 11, 2019


Presentations

Lubar Auditorium | Free with Art in Bloom admission


1 p.m. | The Incredible Edible Landscape

Lisa Hilgenberg, Horticulturist at the Chicago Botanic Garden

Grow your own fruits, vegetables, and herbs—anywhere! Lisa shares strategies for incorporating edible plants into your landscape and how to harvest them.

Learn about Lisa Hilgenberg »

Lisa Hilgenberg has vegetable gardening in her blood: her family’s Century Farm heritage dates back to 1881. As the horticulturist at the Chicago Botanic Garden’s four-acre Regenstein Fruit & Vegetable Garden since 2010, Lisa manages a crew of four and a team of 25 volunteers in curating, interpreting, and caring for a collection of 500 types of edible plants.

Using USDA protocol and standards for organic growing, the garden produced a harvest of two tons of fresh organic produce in 2018. Lisa designs the edible collections of tree fruit, soft fruit, small fruit, edible vines, nuts, aquatics, perennial vegetables, and herbs. She also manages two orchards of apples and stone fruits.

Lisa mentors interns from Windy City Harvest—the Chicago Botanic Garden’s urban agriculture program, students from College/Science First program with Chicago Public Schools, and landscape architecture students from the Potager du Roi, in Versailles, France, through the French Heritage Society. In addition, she teaches classes and workshops at the Joseph Regenstein School of the Chicago Botanic Garden.

You may recognize Lisa’s voice from her Weekly Gardening Minute on WBBM/CBS Chicago 780 AM and 105.9 FM, or have seen her articles in Fine Gardening, Chicagoland Gardening, and Natural Awakenings magazines.

3 p.m. | Flowers in Art at the Milwaukee Art Museum

Barbara Brown Lee, Adjunct Chief Educator Emeritus at the Milwaukee Art Museum

Join Barbara, an expert on the Museum’s Collection, as she highlights flower-related works of art and the interesting stories they hold.

Learn about Barbara Brown Lee »

For over 50 years, Barbara has provided guests with a rich and engaging perspective on the Milwaukee Art Museum’s Collection. Barbara Brown Lee is Chief Educator Emerita at the Milwaukee Art Museum, where she has served since 1963. During the early years of Barbara’s career, she served in many capacities: as curator of decorative arts, curator of collections and exhibitions, librarian, registrar, art preparator, exhibition designer, artist handler, and gallery teacher. She soon realized her gifts and passions were for teaching and settled into the position of chief educator.

Barbara went on to establish numerous groundbreaking educational programs that continue to this day, including the Junior Docent School Program, SHARP Literacy Program, Satellite High School Internship Program, and the Scholastic Art Awards: Wisconsin Exhibition. She has guided many artists through the Museum, including Georgia O’Keeffe, Philip Pearlstein, Wayne Thiebaud, David Hockney, and Fernando Botero.


Friday, April 12, 2019


Presentations

Lubar Auditorium | Free with Art in Bloom admission


11 a.m. | The Role of Bees in the Ecosystem and Food Supply

Linda Conroy, Owner of Moonwise Herbs and The Midwest Women's Herbal Conference

Gain a new appreciation for bees as Linda shares the important role they play in the environment and our food supply, as well as how to develop homes and habitats for bees in Wisconsin.

Learn about Linda Conroy »

Linda Conroy is a naturalist, herbalist and, much like the bees, a forager. When she is not sharing information about the natural world, her time is spent outside, learning about the plants and insects that inhabit this world with us. Linda is the proprietress of Moonwise Herbs, in Stoughton, Wisconsin, and The Midwest Women's Herbal Conference.

1 p.m. | Gardens and Other Vegetative Gems in Foreign Lands

Dale Sievert, Lecturer, Writer for Sukiya Living

Discover botanical gardens and unique vegetation from more than 100 countries around the world. Dale will take guests on a photo tour of the beautiful and interesting plants he has discovered on his travels.

Learn about Dale Sievert »

Born in 1942, Dale Sievert grew up on a dairy farm in Manitowoc County. After obtaining degrees in agronomy and economics,Dale taught economics at Milwaukee Area Technical College for 29 years, simultaneously operating a part-time nursery/landscape firm. In 1970, he began constructing his personal gardens and, in 2005, started gardening with mosses. Today, Dale gives lectures and provides consults on moss gardening, and he writes on moss for Sukiya Living (The Journal of Japanese Gardening) magazine. His gardens have been featured in Country Gardens, Chicagoland Gardening and The American Gardener magazines.


Workshops

Northwestern Mutual Room | Additional cost; reservations required


11 a.m. | A Modern Approach to the Centerpiece

Kevin Ylvisaker, International Floral Design Expert

Get inspired by the latest floral design trends, and make a statement with your own contemporary centerpiece at this hands-on workshop. Kevin will challenge your idea of what a centerpiece is and share his modern approach to design.

Tools required to bring: Floral Knife, Floral Bunch Cutter, Floral Wire Cutter (these are a must, no tools are provided)

$65/$60 Member

Learn about Kevin Ylvisaker »

Kevin came to the floral industry 40 years ago, with a background in sculpture and weaving. He currently works as a freelance designer with his company KLY Floral International, offering design shows, hands-on classes, trend consulting, and personal tutorials for in-store design programs. As a design director for OASIS® Floral Product, Kevin creates designs for shows, Smithers-Oasis IDEA Magazine, advertisements and the OASIS IDEA channel on YouTube, in addition to helping with product development and color palettes for Smithers-Oasis.

Kevin presents design shows and teaches classes across the country as an education specialist for Teleflora. He has worked on the Teleflora Selection Guides, Wedding Guide, and has been featured in Teleflora’s Flowers& magazine numerous times. He has worked with Accent Décor to produce designs for their catalogs, as well as their “T2” video series, and has set up their showrooms across the country.

Kevin is a certified member and past president of the American Institute of Floral Designers (AIFD). He is a member of the Professional Floral Communicators International (PFCI); the Canadian Academy of Floral Artists (CAFA); and is a past president of the Wisconsin and Upper Michigan Florists Association (WUMFA). Nationally, he has designed for garden clubs, wholesale houses, state associations, floral organizations, and floral wire services.

1 p.m. | Succulent Garden Workshop (SOLD OUT)

Carrie Kroening, Petals at Silver Spring Golf Club

Design a beautiful succulent garden for your home, office, or patio. Choose from a variety of containers and gorgeous succulents, as Carrie skillfully guides you through the designing and planting processes.

$55/$50 Member

Learn about Carrie Kroening »

Carrie Kroening has been an event florist for 20 years. As the exclusive in-house florist at Petals at Silver Spring Golf Club, Carrie offers a variety of floral and garden workshops to club members. Her business is recognized in the Knot Hall of Fame and has received WeddingWire Couples’ Choice Awards. Carrie has been a proud Art in Bloom participant for nine years and a participant in the Beauty in Bloom Fashion Show event for four years.


Saturday, April 13, 2019


Presentations

Lubar Auditorium | Free with Art in Bloom admission


11 a.m. | Pruned

Four designers show off their pruning skills, speed, and ingenuity at this floral design competition set up to mimic Food Network’s Chopped. An audience of judges (including you!) help decide which design is best.

2 p.m. | Lecture & Book Signing

Marta McDowell, Landscape History and Horticulture Instructor, New York Botanical Garden; New York Times Bestselling Author

Meet the author of the New York Times bestseller All the Presidents’ Gardens. Marta will share stories about her life, her experiences at the New York Botanical Garden, and her bestselling book, which outlines the history of American gardening as seen through the White House grounds.

Presented by the Milwaukee Art Museum Garden Club

Learn about Marta McDowell »

Marta McDowell lives, writes, and gardens in Chatham, New Jersey. She shares her garden with her husband, Kirke Bent, their crested cockatiel, Sydney, and assorted wildlife. Her garden writing has appeared in popular publications such as Woman’s Day, Country Gardening, and The New York Times. She also had essays published in gardening journals, including Hortus and Arnoldia.

With artist Yolanda Fundora, Marta co-authored A Garden Alphabetized (for your viewing pleasure), published in 2008, and has since written many more books on the topic of gardening. Following the relationship between the pen and the trowel, Marta was drawn to children's author/illustrator Beatrix Potter and poet Emily Dickinson. Her book Emily Dickinson’s Gardens was originally published by McGraw-Hill, in 2005, but a full-color edition is scheduled to be released in 2019. Another of Marta’s books, Beatrix Potter's Gardening Life, now on its sixth printing, won the Garden Writers Association’s Gold Award in August 2014, and her recent New York Times bestseller, All the Presidents’ Gardens, won an American Horticultural Society book award in 2017. Marta's latest book, The World of Laura Ingalls Wilder, tells the tale of the plants and places surrounding the beloved author of the Little House series.

Marta teaches landscape history and horticulture at the New York Botanical Garden, where she has twice been awarded "Instructor of the Year." A popular lecturer, she has been a featured speaker at the Chicago Botanic Garden, the Smithsonian Institution, and the Beatrix Potter Society's Linder Lecture at the Sloane Club, in London. She worked with the Chicago Botanic Garden's Lenhardt Library on exhibitions about Beatrix Potter (2016) and Laura Ingalls Wilder (2018), and was an advisor for the New York Botanical Garden's 2010 show, "Emily Dickinson's Gardens: The Poetry of Flowers." Marta is the 2018 Gardener-in-Residence at the Emily Dickinson Museum.

Marta interned at Wave Hill, Frelinghuysen Arboretum, the Royal Horticultural Society’s Rosemoor, in Devon, England, and at the Chelsea Physic Garden. She worked as a horticulturist for five years at Reeves-Reed Arboretum. Marta is on the board of the New Jersey Historical Garden Foundation at the Cross Estate, in Bernardsville, New Jersey. She received the 2016 Annual Award from the Friends of Frelinghuysen Arboretum. Her garden is included in the Smithsonian's Archive of American Gardens.


Workshops

Northwestern Mutual Room | Additional cost; reservations required


11 a.m. | Spring Centerpiece Workshop (SOLD OUT)

Courtney Gutschenritter, Owner of Courtney Joy Floral

Learn how to create a nature-inspired, garden centerpiece with seasonal flowers in a loose and organic style. Courtney will teach you the design elements you can use to create arrangements with movement, texture, and visual appeal. Walk away with a fresh spring arrangement to grace your table.

$55/$50 Member

Learn about Courtney Gutschenritter »

Courtney enjoys creating with flowers to bring people a heightened awareness of the natural world. Through her business, Courtney Joy Floral, she grows flowers and creates floral designs for weddings and special events. She lives and works at Three Brothers Farm, which she owns and operates with her husband, Michael Gutschenritter, in Oconomowoc, Wisconsin. Together they grow flowers and vegetables, raise Shetland sheep for wool, care for two livestock guardian dogs named Freja and Brunehilde, and “have too many chickens.”

1 p.m. | Container Garden Hands-On Workshop (SOLD OUT)

Heidi Hornung, Owner of Shady Lane Greenhouse

Design your own container garden, filled with gorgeous florals and edible plants. Heidi, a Wisconsin native and European-inspired landscape architect, will teach the step-by-step basics, using flowers and edible varieties.

$50/$45 Member

Learn about Heidi Hornung »

Heidi Hornung is the landscape architect and retail manager at Shady Lane Greenhouse, in Menomonee Falls. She received her bachelor’s degree in landscape architecture from the University of Wisconsin-Madison and is licensed as a landscape architect in Wisconsin.


Sunday, April 14, 2019


Presentations

Lubar Auditorium | Free with Art in Bloom admission


11 a.m. | The Future of Floral Design

Kevin Ylvisaker, International Floral Design Expert

Come ready for a fast-paced, interactive show on the latest floral design trends as Kevin shares his techniques and creates arrangements on stage. Traditional floral design has changed drastically over the years, and Kevin will present designs that illustrate where floral design is headed. He will arrange designs that merge flowers and art and demonstrate how to incorporate natural materials, manmade materials, and several color options to create the “new” in floral design.

Learn about Kevin Ylvisaker »

Kevin came to the floral industry 40 years ago, with a background in sculpture and weaving. He currently works as a freelance designer with his company KLY Floral International, offering design shows, hands-on classes, trend consulting, and personal tutorials for in-store design programs. As a design director for OASIS® Floral Product, Kevin creates designs for shows, Smithers-Oasis IDEA Magazine, advertisements and the OASIS IDEA channel on YouTube, in addition to helping with product development and color palettes for Smithers-Oasis.

Kevin presents design shows and teaches classes across the country as an education specialist for Teleflora. He has worked on the Teleflora Selection Guides, Wedding Guide, and has been featured in Teleflora’s Flowers& magazine numerous times. He has worked with Accent Décor to produce designs for their catalogs, as well as their “T2” video series, and has set up their showrooms across the country.

Kevin is a certified member and past president of the American Institute of Floral Designers (AIFD). He is a member of the Professional Floral Communicators International (PFCI); the Canadian Academy of Floral Artists (CAFA); and is a past president of the Wisconsin and Upper Michigan Florists Association (WUMFA). Nationally, he has designed for garden clubs, wholesale houses, state associations, floral organizations, and floral wire services.

2 p.m. | Art in Bloom Florist Panel Discussion

Welcome some of this year’s Art in Bloom participants as they discuss their creative process and the work that went into developing their installations for this year’s event.


Workshops

Northwestern Mutual Room | Additional cost; reservations required


10:30 a.m. | Friendship through Flowers, The Ikebana Way Workshop

Laurie Wareham, Certified Ichiyo Instructor and Ichiyo Junior Master from The Ichiyo School of Ikebana, Tokyo, Japan

Learn about the Japanese art of ikebana, a spiritual art form that emphasizes harmony and natural materials. Gain a new perspective on floral design as Laurie guides you through this hands-on workshop.

$65/$60 Member

Learn about Laurie Wareham »

Laurie Wareham has conducted many demonstrations and workshops at Milwaukee-area venues, such as the Milwaukee Art Museum, State Fair, The Milwaukee Domes and various garden clubs. She is on the board for The Wisconsin and Upper Michigan Florists Association and The Milwaukee Art Museum Garden Club. She is also the first vice president of The Ikebana International Chapter #22-Milwaukee. In 2012, Laurie placed second at Art in Bloom. She has a bachelor’s degree from the University of Wisconsin-Madison in retail and apparel design, an AAS degree from the Fashion Institute of Technology in New York City, and is currently studying to obtain her master’s in ikebana.

1 p.m. | Southern Blooms Workshop (SOLD OUT)

Melissa Maas, Owner of Bank of Flowers

Get inspired by southern designs: lush blooms and textural greens. Enjoy the sweet smells of fragrant flowers and greenery as Melissa shows you step-by-step how to make your very own southern fresh floral arrangement, full of hydrangea, garden spray roses, and therapeutic eucalyptus.

$35/$30 Member

Learn about Melissa Maas »

Melissa Maas grew up with a love of flowers. After graduating from the University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh, she attended the Floral Design Institute in Seattle, Washington, where she received her Advanced Floral Certificate.

At the age of 24, Melissa bought Bank of Flowers, located in the Historic Village Center in Menomonee Falls. A year later, she opened a second location in Pewaukee, two blocks east of Pewaukee Lake.

Melissa is CFD (Certified Floral Designer) and, in July 2019, she will be inducted as an accredited member of the AIFD (American Institute of Floral Design). Over the course of her career, she has designed for photo shoots featured in Premier Bride, Veil, and other industry magazines. She also serves on the Teleflora Board of Wisconsin and Upper Michigan, where she helps organize seminars to further other florists’ education.